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Anybody remember this on the show "I've Got a Secret" in 1964?

Updated on December 21, 2015

Believe it or not I remember seeing this show over 50 years ago!

I don't know if you ever heard of this kid, I didn't hear of him again until over 20 years after his appearance on "I've Got a Secret" in 1964, actually after he was dead! When I did hear his name I never made the connection to that show until I found a video of it recently on You Tube.

This kid taking to music at a young age began at 3 years old with the ukulele, at 5 the guitar, and at 7 years old the piano a major newspaper heralding his talents by the time he was only 8 years old. In September 1962 the LA Times reported he had already "done a number of television commercials and...made a TV pilot."

At 10 years old this kid starred in the role of "Kurt von Trapp" in a local community theater production of The Sound of Music.

In 1965, already having written 40 original songs, he and his father, Harvey, signed a 5-year contract with Decca Records. Upon publication of his first song released on disc, this kid, at 11 years old, became the youngest person ever to sign with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Decca Records planned to make the kid a teen idol, By 12 years old he had written 10 more songs, and Time magazine referred to him as Decca Records' "prepubescent dreamboat". However at this time Donny Osmond captured the affections of teenagers and pre-teens so this kid was quickly forgotten by the public.

What about it old timers (like me), ladies and gentlemen, do you remember who this kid was?

OK, I've led you down the this yellow brick road long enough.

I say yellow brick road because although it sounds like it led us to a dead end it actually leads to good things for this wanna be teen idle kid who can now be found in heaven with his savior.

If you haven't guessed by now, this is the story of my favorite Christian song writer and performer. I was drawn to his gospel music the first time I heard his songs because the lyrics to his songs express deep rooted feelings and scriptural truths that touched my heart. Later when I learned of his life and history, his testimony, I was touched by how parallel his experiences, his feelings and discoveries about life were to mine and, if YOU do not know Christ, I'll wager yours too!

Please take some time to listen to the story of his life which is best told in the following video and then, if you are like me, you'll have to listen to his songs, the lyrics especially. So many sound just like a heart felt prayer to God that if you relate as I do to the words, they can make you cry, uncontrollably.

I pray the Keith Green story and his music affects your opinion of Christians and Christianity whether you are a believer or not and encourage you to listen to his songs. My favorite was written by his wife, Melody, MAKE MY LIFE A PRAYER.

Listen to it here and if you feel like it, go ahead and cry, it's OK ... I cry everytime I hear it, I'm crying now, can't help it.

Please take this poll.

Is this the first you've heard of Keith Green?

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"You Put This Love in My Heart" "When I Hear the Praises Start" "Dear John Letter (to the Devil)" "Asleep in the Light" "To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice" "The Victor" "Oh Lord, You're Beautiful" "There is a Redeemer" "The Lord is My Shepherd"

Did you know these songs were written by Keith Green?

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    • profile image 11 months ago from upstate, NY

      No, I don't think Keith Green was a false teacher, the only point of my link was to show how easy it is to accuse someone. I got melody Green's news letter for years after her husband passed.

      Melody Green also wholeheartedly supported the revival in Toronto, which many considered to be false. In fact the link you gave me listed the key leaders of The revival in Toronto to be false teachers.

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      TSAD 11 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Keith Green is one Christian I have much in common with which is probably why I like him so much, but Wba, you disappoint me :-) Keith Green is not on my list and that link you posted is by Darwin Fish a known heretic who condemns practically all mainstream Christianity.

      See this is what I mean by research. If you dig deep into Pentecostal denominations you, as I was, will be astounded at how much is preached and taught that is in blatant contradiction to scripture and by people who get the main basics of Christianity like salvation is a gift of God through faith and not by works. I still can't understand how they can get that so right yet go so wrong on doctrines they create.

    • profile image 11 months ago from upstate, NY

      I'm a big fan of Keith Green also, I first heard his songs in college when I joined Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. Leonard Ravenhill was his Christian mentor, and when Bob Dylan was interested in Christianity, he asked Keith Green if he thought his lyrics was OK.

      I wouldn't be surprised if Leonard Ravenhill and Keith Green were accused of being false teachers on that site you showed me, since their beliefs were close to the others he accused. If fact here's a link accusing Keith Green of just that :

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      Besarien 23 months ago

      I thought it might be Bill Clinton, too. I do know his songs but did not know his name. Thanks for educating me! It is sad when talented people go so young. I am a bit too young to have watched it but have seen a few episodes of the show in rerun. It reminds me of What's My Line. I guess it was a popular format.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I will, thank you. There's a little "Christian" shop just a few miles from me. I stop by there to browse every now & then. I bought a music disc from there that I just loved. I wound up giving it to my niece from Montana because she also loved it. I'll be darned if I can remember the names. It was a father & son group. When I'm near the shop again, I will specifically get myself their disc again and will also look for Keith Green. I have a feeling she will have his music. I keep a few discs in my car to listen to while I'm getting hopelessly lost where ever I go!!

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      TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Still appreciated! ;-) Only to the degree people write:

      "11 Keith Green Songs That Changed Worship Music"

      A look at his lasting legacy 33 years after his tragic death.

      If you are a Christian and don't just love the lyrics and the melodies (I didn't first I heard him), listen to them often, they will grow on you.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I'm always fascinated by stories/facts from Memory Lane. I remember this particular TV program very well. Gosh, I can even place myself in our little TV room we called the Den, in front of the Blk & wht TV. Have to laugh now thinking about the SIZE and weight of our monstrous sets!

      WE HAD TO GET UP AND WALK TO THE SET TO CHANGE THE CHANNEL! How on earth did we make it through such struggle!?

      I do not recall this particular show nor this young man. Have to thank you for you filling me in. I assume his music is still appreciated.

      Thanks for the education, Tsad.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I never knew who Keith Green was until now. Great story.

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      TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Frank, but where's the saxophone? Although one of the panelists did say she and Keith were locked out of the studio together, if it was slick Willie you'd know what was going on Thanks for stopping by.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      if you didn't really tell us and just shown the photo I would have guessed Bill Clinton LOL,, honestly

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Tsad, yes we have had our moments but I don't hold grudges. It would be a boring world if everyone had the same opinion on everything. Maybe as one question you could list a few of his most popular songs and ask: "Did you know he wrote these songs?" something to that effect, or "I have heard these songs, but didn't know Keith Green wrote them."

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      TSAD 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      And you my friend are a wonderful hubber.

      Even though you and I have had our disagreements (battles) your vision isn't clouded by the "fog of war". lol Thanks Jodah.

      I added a poll, can you think of any answers to the question I should include besides what I have?

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Tsad, I don't remember seeing the show I've Got a Secret on Australian TV, but I do know of Keith Green. He was a great singer/songwriter and inspiration to many fine Christian singers since. It is sad that he tragically died much too young. Thank you for sharing his life and talent with the HubPage community. Wonderful hub which I am sharing.